You don't have to be a fan of the current crop of boxers — after all, we've got two heavyweight champ brothers that refuse to fight each other, and two pound-for-pound greats that similarly can't seem to get a deal made, making the best bouts of this generation purely hypothetical — to enjoy the sport. Pay your respects to some of the past greats with the Under Armour Roots of Fight Collection. This assortment of tees, sweatshirts, and hoodies features bold graphics celebrating the likes of Boom Boom Mancini, Jack Johnson, Lennox Lewis, Joe Frazier, and Mike Tyson, in both Kid Dynamite and Iron Mike form.
There comes a point in most mens' lives when the inevitable happens — you get married, buy a house in the 'burbs, and have a couple of kids. Suddenly fun becomes less about hanging out with the guys, and more about hanging out with the little guy. The Playtime Back Massage T-Shirt ($22) enables that fun, while still giving you an opportunity to lay around. It has an illustrated track on the back, so your kid can wheel his cars around while you nap, and you get the added bonus of a massage. Because, let's face it, you probably need one. [Scouted by Tim]
Making t-shirts is hard work — first you need a great design, then you need to learn how to screen print, and we haven't even gotten to the whole selling part. The good people at Cotton Bureau T-Shirts ($20) have taken the trouble out of making and selling a great shirt, letting designers focus on what they're good at — designing. The concept is simple. Designers submit a design and it has two weeks to generate 25 sales. If it does so, it gets sold — if not, it doesn't. The shirts are printed in limited runs, so the odds of one of your buddies showing up in the same one are pretty slim.
Stay ready for action at all times with an Under Armour Alter Ego Baselayer ($45). This compression tee is made from the same HeatGear Sonic fabric as the company's more serious-looking gear, but is designed to look like the outfit of one of six superheros — Superman, Batman, Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, or Captain America. Wear it on the field underneath your normal uni, or by itself for an extra bit of heroic confidence. [Scouted by Andrew & William]
In 1963, it was unusual to see a team start four African American players — it just didn't happen. Unless you were the Loyola University Ramblers. Ignoring the stigma that came from starting more than three African American players, this special team went on to beat an all-white Mississippi State team, Duke, and two-time defending champs Cincinnati on its way to the NCAA title. Now you can celebrate this historic accomplishment with the Loyola '63 Champs Box Set ($35). Limited to just 1,963 sets, it includes a commemorative tee, a poster, and a DVD about the team.
Helping out a worthwhile cause is always rewarding — and even more so when the reward includes a stylish tee. Colorado Wildfire T-Shirts ($20) are designed buy natives of the Centennial State and hand screenprinted in Colorado on Hanes Nano 100% cotton tees. With 100% of the proceeds going to benefit Colorado wildfire relief efforts — half going to the Care and Share Food Bank, and the rest to the Colorado Red Cross — it's one summer splurge you can feel good about. [Scouted by Dan]
Show your appreciation for the world's hubs of aviation with these Pilot & Captain T-Shirts ($32). Boasting original designs printed onto a soft poly-blend slim fit tee, each shirt sports the name of the city along with the code of its main airport. Available for a number of cities, including New York (JFK), Los Angeles (LAX), Chicago (ORD), Zurich (ZRH), and, obviously, San Francisco and Tokyo.
If, like us, you never leave the house without at least two Apple products, then put down that biography that just arrived and pick up one of these Homage Steve Jobs T-Shirts ($28). Emblazoned with a geeky Homebrew Computer Club logo or inspirational "Stay hungry, Stay foolish" motto across the front, these show your appreciation for his late Steveness in a way that an iPhone never could, and as a bonus, a portion of proceeds to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network & The Computer History Museum.
Some of the best things about Major League Baseball are the local customs and sayings relating to the team. Now you can wear them on your chest — literally — with these Nike MLB Local T-Shirts ($20). Available for every team in the league, these 100% cotton, officially licensed tees are just the attire for an afternoon at the ballpark.
It was nigh impossible not to feel for the people of Japan as their country was ravaged by last Friday's earthquake and tsunami, and the Help Japan T-Shirt ($22) lets you help the country while picking up some clothing at the same time. Printed on the American Apparel tee is a graphic showing the archipelago, along with a craked rising sun. All proceeds will go to Save the Children: Emergency Response, Japan Earthquake & Tsunami Relief Fund: A GlobalGiving Project, Hands on Tokyo, and the American Red Cross, giving you basically no reason not to order one. You can donate more here.
Sweat out this year's bracket buster match-ups in style in these Homage March Madness T-Shirts ($28). Honoring some of college basketball's best teams and players, these tees all sport Homage's signature retro stylings, feeling every bit as soft and aged as the graphics suggest. Extra bonus points for the shout-out to Pervis Ellison, who haunted our basketball card dreams for years.
Support your team and show off your healthy sense of humor with these Nike Cooperstown Heritage T-Shirts ($20). Available for a wide range of teams, each shirt features the silhouette of one of the team's best-known players, represented by only their hat, eyewear, and facial hair. Randy Johnson never looked so good. [via]